The Dallas Stars nominated Mike for the NHL Foundation Player Award during
the 2000-2001 season for all his community service activies.
What is the NHL Foundation Player Award? This award recognizes community
service and is accompanied by a grant of $25,000 presented to a worthy cause which the winner
supports. The Foundation Player Award recognizes an NHL player who applies the
core values of hockey to enrich the lives of people in his community: commitment, perseverance and teamwork. In 2001, Olaf Kolzig of the Washington Capitals was acknowledged for his charity work. Other recipients include: Adam Graves (2000), Rob Ray (1999) and Kelly Chase (1998).